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Meaning of underplay

un•der•play

Pronunciation: (un"dur-plā', un'dur-plā"), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to act (a part) sketchily.
  2. to act subtly and restrainedly.
  3. to understate or de-emphasize; downplay: The ambassador underplayed his role in the peace negotiations.
—v.i.
  1. to leave out of one's acting all subtlety and enriching detail.
  2. to achieve an effect in acting with a minimum of emphasis.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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